Bookmarks: Gifts for Geeks

Bookmarks

Book columnist Andrea McGuigan gives her top picks of holiday “Gifts for Geeks.”
 
The Wes Anderson Collection
By Matt Zoller Seitz
Harry N. Abrams, 336 pgs, hardcover
For the film-buff or art collector in your life, this purview of Anderson’s work will astound even the most ardent fans. The author set up the collection to look like a scrapbook of each of Anderson’s films — Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom — so that each spread tells a story, from set design to fourth-wall perspectives to costume design. People who appreciate Wes Anderson’s singular aesthetic will find hours of enjoyment here.
 

The Sandman: Overture #1
By Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by J.H. Williams III
Vertigo for DC Comics, 18 pgs, comic book
Did you know that the comic book Sandman was so popular, that in the mid-1990s it actually outsold Batman and Superman? It is also one of a very few graphic novels which ranked on The New York Times Bestseller list. Gaiman ended the series in 1996, but now, the Sandman returns, with a new storyline and talks of a movie in the works. The Sandman: Overture is technically a prequel to the earlier stories, telling the tale of how Sandman came to be captured in Sandman #1. The Sandman, also known as Morpheus or Dream, is one of the seven Endless: Destiny, Death, Delirium, Destruction, Dream, and twins Desire and Despair. Take it from a diehard fan, the new storyline is fantastic, and Williams’s artwork resplendent. Fans of world mythology, poetry, and classic literature would do themselves well to dive into this rich, intellectual comic series.
 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art and Design
By Weta Workshop
Harper Design, 208 pgs, hardcover
This visual dedication to the second of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is a must-have for earth-bound travelers of Middle Earth. Filled to the brim with art, photography, and commentary, the book follows Bilbo and company through their adventures in vivid, striking detail. Die-hard fan reviews say that even if you found the movie disappointing, this book is worth the buy.
 
Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who
By Justin Richards
Penguin Books (UK), 208 pgs
Released in tandem with the movie-length feature, The Day of the Doctor, this book covers all eleven incarnations of the TARDIS-traveling Time Lord. Light on text but heavy on visuals, the book covers everything from companions to TARDIS tours to the many alien enemies of the Doctor. This is definitely a collection for die-hard fans (those people who can wax poetic about Tom Baker versus David Tennant) rather than newbies into the world of Dr. Who.

Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings
By Ron Burgundy
Crown Archtype, 224 pgs, hardcover
The autobiographical event of the decade has happened, ladies and gentlemen: San Diego’s anchorman Ron Burgundy has graced us with his life story. If we are to believe his author’s note, Let Me Off at the Top took a full eight years to write and couldn’t have been done without the oversight and, um, special companionship of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Needless to say, this book is a pretty big deal around here. You should get on it.